OPINION EDITORIAL – For the past three months, I have been trying to work with the Washington County Drug Task Force and the St. George Police Department to stop drug activity at the Sunstone Condominiums. One resident here is dealing Meth out of his house. Another resident is having drug fueled raves that spill over into the swimming pool. And yet another resident dealing ‘pills’ from his residence. I have been taking pictures of cars that stop here to make pick ups. I then forward the picture to the Drug Task Force. Myself, along with several neighbors have also been calling SGPD Dispatch and reporting blatant drug use.
Despite having been told by the Drug Task Force that they have been after the ‘Meth’ dealer and are eager to arrest him, he is as of this date, still actively dealing Meth. When we call SGPD dispatch and report people using drugs out in the open, no arrests have been made. On three seperate occassions, I specifically requested that the responding Officer make contact with me. Not only do the officers not make contact with me, they fail to investigate.
On the evening of Thursday, July 12, 2012, I called dispatch and reported a male sitting in his vehicle outside of unit #4 smoking some type of illicit drug. I reported the make and model and also gave them the license plate info. This individual was clearly visible to myself along with several neighbors using a small pipe. One officer approached on the road outside of our complex, sat in his vehicle, within 25 ft of the reported vehicle, and then left. When I called SGPD Dispatch back and wanted to know why no contact was even made, I was told the Officer reported the vehicle in question as G.O.A. or Gone On Arrival. Myself and several neighbors witnessed the whole incident and the vehicle never left.
The above incident is one of several which have been witnessed by several neighbors in which the SGPD responds to our call, doesn’t investigate, and then leaves without contacting the reporting party.
As of this date July 15, 2012, the drug activity at Sunstone Condominiums continues despite my best efforts to report any suspsicious activity. I, along with other neighbors, have begun to question whether anything will EVER be done by the authorities.
St.George, Utah – A safe haven for drug users and drug dealers? You decide.
Submitted by: Dale Ward
Editor’s Note: St. George Police Department’s Capt. James Van Fleet said that he is in receipt of a copy of Mr. Ward’s letter (as set forth above). Capt. Kyle Whitehead, who is responsible for the unit involved, is actively looking into the matter, Van Fleet said, and the Department will respond to the citizen’s concerns directly as soon as their investigation allows.